Yeah, so far I've been impressed with the whole package. It comes with all of the parts (in this case, cardboard, balsa and pine), a set of "blueprints" (which are really just instructions printed on a big foldout, but they're very clear and fun to follow), a 16-ish page zine ("Tinker Zine") about this month's subject (in this case, automatons), and extra parts for a secondary project (in this case, stick puppets, which will go over very well in our household, and which seems to always incorporate the box itself).
Last month (our first month) we made a fiber-optic Big Dipper using super thin plastic piping, charcoal-black foam and a fold-up cardboard projector. It was one of those cool projects that can easily foster insomnia if it were to fall into the wrong hands right around bedtime.
It turns out that Miles loves, loves, loves following instructions to assemble models, which is why I wish Lego were a publicly traded company, and which is why he's really enjoying these Tinker boxes. Seriously, it's when he's the very most engaged and focused and just plain happy. I honestly can't think of a more wonderful Christmas gift for him.
I'd love to chat. Friday night we'll be at a movie until about 8:30 or 9:00 (our school is showing the Minions for the students, and I wonder if they really understand the ramifications that will have on speech patterns for the next month or so); Saturday night we're hosting board game night at our place; Sunday night is Minions rehearsal until 8 p.m.. Those are just the blackout times; any other time should be good, up to and including Friday day, since I'm taking the whole day off. Also I don't think we have any plans during the day over the rest of the weekend, although we'll probably try to adventure as a family on Sunday.